DIVERSANT Leadership Team

Gene Waddy, Chief Executive Officer

Gene C. Waddy is a visionary entrepreneur and owner of DIVERSANT LLC, the nation’s largest African-American owned IT staffing and solutions firm. In many ways, DIVERSANT is a reflection of Gene’s professional expertise, personal drive, and his commitment to helping others. The company has enjoyed dramatic growth, even during the economic downturn, and has developed a reputation for excellence among numerous Fortune 500 companies.

The son of two Harlemites, Gene was raised in New Jersey. Gene attended Fairleigh Dickinson University where he earned his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering. A “Jersey Guy” at heart, Gene chose to stay in his home state where he now resides with his wife and children.

Prior to founding DIVERSANT, Gene was the National Practice Director for Infrastructure Services at Spherion Technology where he managed the provision of IT staffing and solutions for large clients nationwide. With an extensive background in the staffing and technology services industry, Gene now combines his business acumen with his desire to help others by developing transformative programs that promote diversity in the workforce and supply chain.

In his local community, Gene coaches minority youth about how they can get involved with technology and use it to advance their careers and lives. A member of Alpha Phi Alpha, the country’s first African-American fraternity, Gene is very active in many of their community service programs. Gene believes that each person should set his or her own destiny, and does what he can to help them on their path. “No one can stop you from reaching the stars,” he says. “It’s up to you. How badly do you want it?”

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John Goullet, Principal

John Goullet is an entrepreneur who has led the development of a number of highly successful ventures in the IT sector. John began his professional career initially working as an IT consultant before switching to IT staffing in 1994. With a clear understanding of emerging market trends, John founded Info Technologies, an IT staffing company that focused on providing solutions to Fortune 500 companies nationwide. Within five years, Info Technologies grew to $30 M, earning it the number 8 spot on Inc. Magazine’s list of the 500 fastest-growing privately-held firms in the US. In 2010 John and Gene merged Info Technologies and DIVERSANT Inc. to form DIVERSANT LLC. As DIVERSANT’s Principal, John is able to continue his passion for developing new ways of meeting the challenges facing the ever-evolving IT marketplace.

Jim Yoshimura, Chief Operations Officer

Jim Yoshimura is a successful executive and leader with over 30 years of staffing, consulting and industry experience.  As the Chief Operating Officer with DIVERSANT, the nation’s largest African-American owned IT staffing firm, he provides leadership and strategy to effectively grow the organization and to ensure financial strength and operating efficiency.

Prior to joining DIVERSANT, Jim held various key positions in the staffing industry.  As the Senior Vice President for Experis (formerly Comsys), he was responsible for over $500MM in revenue and over 20 branches. Jim also served as National IT Leader at Kelly Services.

Jim has held senior level roles in the consulting and outsourcing industries with companies such as EDS, Coopers & Lybrand. He also has several years of experience working  in various IT management roles. Jim is a thought leader on topics including the staffing industry, talent acquisition and diversity in the workplace.

Paul Vogel, Chief Financial Officer

Paul Vogel is an experienced financial leader with over 20 years of experience in the Human Capital space.  As the CFO for DIVERSANT, one of the largest IT staffing firms in the U.S., Paul provides leadership and oversight to support teams including finance & accounting, onboarding & compliance, legal, human resources, and strategic account support.  He plays a key role in the direction of the company and leads strategic investments.

Prior to joining DIVERSANT, Paul spent 20 years with Allegis group, the largest staffing and human capital services company in the US.  Paul held various roles including operational finance leadership in TEKsystems, the IT focused subsidiary of Allegis Group.  He also led the implementation of both an operational and strategy management discipline into the organization.  Paul joined the parent company in 2006 and spent 10 years as part of the global expansion effort into EMEA and APAC regions and leading the mergers and acquisition team.

Paul began his career in auditing with PHH Corporation in Hunt Valley, Maryland focusing on controls and compliance, financial reporting, and operations efficiency.

 Elena Chkolnikova

Elena Chkolnikova is General Counsel of Diversant and serves on its leadership team.  As General Counsel, Elena leads the Company’s legal strategy and compliance on all legal matters, including employment, immigration, transactions, and litigation.

Elena brings a wealth of diverse professional and personal experience to her role.  Prior to joining Diversant, Elena had over ten years of private law firm experience in employment litigation and counseling, including with a leading global law firm of DLA Piper.  In addition to her law degree from Rutgers Law School, she has both a language degree from Kiev University and a Masters of Education from Rutgers University. She remains closely involved with Rutgers serving as a Trustee on the Rutgers Alumni Board.

Elena is admitted to the State Bars of New Jersey and New York, as well as the Supreme Court of the United States and other federal courts.

Advisory Board

DIVERSANT created its Advisory Board as a means to benefit from the guidance of senior executives not involved in the day-to-day operations of the company. The Board is composed of industry leaders and business experts who provide advice and council on matters pertaining to commercial development and strategic planning. Board Members meet regularly with DIVERSANT Leadership to review market conditions and company performance.

William J. Grubbs
Bill Grubbs is President and CEO of Cross Country Healthcare Inc. (NASDAQ: CCRN). Cross Country Healthcare, Inc. is a leader in healthcare staffing with a primary focus on providing nurse, allied and physician (locum tenens) staffing services and workforce solutions to the healthcare market. With more than 25 years of experience in the recruiting industry, Bill has held a variety of senior executive positions in both the United States and the United Kingdom. Most recently, he served as EVP and COO of TrueBlue Inc., and previously as EVP and COO of SFN Group (formerly known as Spherion Corp.). Bill was part of the executive team that successfully sold SFN Group to Randstad in 2011. In 2013, Bill was named to the Top 100 most influential people in the staffing industry by Staffing Industry Analysts. Cross Country Healthcare, based in Boca Raton, Fla., ranks No. 4 on Staffing Industry Analysts’ 2013 list of the largest U. S. Healthcare staffing firms.

Steven M. Scopellite
Steve is a technology visionary who recently retired from Goldman Sachs after a distinguished career of nearly 30 years, having served as Global Chief Information Officer and head of the 8,000-person Global Technology Division. During his tenure at Goldman Sachs, Steve led the firm’s penetration of new markets across Europe and Asia, pioneered the bank’s expansion into electronic trading, and developed their global funding platform. Steve’s many achievements at Goldman Sachs are widely acclaimed, including being named to the Institutional Investor 2013 Tech 50 list. Steve is also a member of the Board of Directors of Akamai, a leading provider of cloud services. Steve is passionate about promoting diversity in the technology sector; he is a member of the National Board of Directors for Computers for Youth and a special advisor to the National Society of Black Engineers.